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A real time evaluation of Bank of England forecasts of inflation and growth

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  • Groen, Jan J.J.
  • Kapetanios, George
  • Price, Simon

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We compare the Bank of England's Inflation Report quarterly forecasts for growth and inflation to real-time benchmark forecasts. The results reveal the well-known difficulty of forecasting in a stable macroeconomic environment, and the Inflation Report forecasts of GDP growth are generally inferior to forecasts from linear and non-linear univariate models. However, for the inflation forecast the Inflation Report is clearly dominant.

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  • Groen, Jan J.J. & Kapetanios, George & Price, Simon, 2009. "A real time evaluation of Bank of England forecasts of inflation and growth," International Journal of Forecasting, Elsevier, vol. 25(1), pages 74-80.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:intfor:v:25:y:2009:i:1:p:74-80
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